Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Grant Declination: Nationwide Insurance Foundation (BDPA Columbus)

BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF) and BDPA Columbus teamed up on a grant proposal to the Nationwide Insurance Foundation. We were seeking a little over $20,000 in support of the Student Information Technology Education & Scholarship (SITES) program that gets underway this year in Columbus area.

We learned last month that our request for funding had been turned down. The declination letter was addressed to the BDPA Columbus chapter past president, and read as follows:

Dear Mr. Hillery,

Thank you for giving Nationwide Insurance Foundation the opportunity to review your application for 2011 funding. We recognize and appreciate the time and effort involved in submitting your proposal to us. I would like to commend you on the work that your organization does for the community.

Each year an increasing number of charitable organizations request our financial support, making our funding decisions difficult. Unfortunately, after much consideration, we have decided not to fund your proposal for 2011.

On behalf of the Nationwide Insurance Foundation, I wish your organization continued success. If you have any questions, please contact Jill Hile, National Insurance Foundation Manager.

Chad A. Jester, President
Nationwide Insurance Foundation

We were very disappointed by this outcome. However, our BDPA Columbus chapter has a number of members who work for Nationwide Insurance. We are going to work together and try to find another way to secure funding to support the chapter. BETF has enjoyed working with Reggie Hillery over the past few years and we look forward to building a powerful partnership with the incoming chapter president Deborah Smedley.

In the meantime, we are always open to suggestions or ideas. Feel free to let us know if you have any fundraising ideas that might benefit our BDPA Columbus chapter in 2011 and beyond.

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